As part of a national gesture to thank NHS workers across the UK, artist Damien Hirst has generously gifted Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with a beautiful piece of his art work Butterfly Rainbow – a rainbow formed from illustrated butterfly wings.
The art work will be displayed as a sign of hope at one of our hospital sites.
All profits, a total of £1,508,172, from the sales of Butterfly Rainbow were donated to NHS Charities Together, the organisation that represents and supports the official NHS charities working across the UK.
Damien Hirst said: “I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis. The rainbow is a sign of hope and I’m so pleased to have released these prints to help fund the brilliant work being done by NHS staff across the country.”
Arts and Health Coordinator for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB Esyllt George commented, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this work by Damien Hirst. Our staff continue to deal with some of the biggest challenges in health care that we have ever faced, and this rainbow is both a thank you and a symbol of hope for everyone working so hard across our health board.”
In May 2020, Damien Hirst created Butterfly Rainbow to show support for the NHS in the Coronavirus crisis. The work is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of the artist’s best‐known motifs.
Damien Hirst artwork donated to CTM